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Postby TamanduaGirl » Thu Feb 16, 2012 9:05 pm

Summary of Law: It is unlawful to possess wolves or coyotes within the state. It is also unlawful to possess wildlife indigenous to the state without a permit. Specifically, one can not possess members of the Cervidae, Suidae, Tayassuidae (peccaries), Bovidae (bison, mountain goat, mountain sheep), nor can they possess coyotes, bears, turkeys, and furbearers.

Citation: S.C. CODE REGS. §50-11-1765 and §50-16-20
A more detailed list below.

A permit is required to posses: hippopotamuses, camels, deer, giraffes, lions, cougars, tigers, leopards, servals, ocelots, coyotes, wolves, foxes, jackals, bears, skunks, weasels, martins, minks, raccoons, coatis, hyenas, genets, civets, mongooses, armadillos, anteaters, sloths, opossums, wallabies, kangaroos, rhinoceroses, tapirs, monkeys, lemurs, gorillas, chimpanzees, elephants, squirrels, porcupines and beavers.

Animals listed as exotic reptiles are African rock pythons, boelen's pythons, amethystine pythons, burmese pythons, olive pythons, Indian pythons, reticulated pythons, yellow and green anacondas, Jamaican boas, boomslangs, African twig snakes, mangrove snakes, brown tree snakes, cobras, coral snakes, mambas, venomous lizards, Salvadoran monitors, Salvator monitors, cottonmouths, copperheads, rattlesnakes, alligators, gavials and caimans.

Cage requirements and a disaster plan are part of getting a permit.


Foxes are carnivores though and banned under the rabies code
SECTION 47-5-50. Prohibition on sale of wild carnivores as pets; sale of domesticated ferrets.

(A) No carnivores, which normally are not domesticated, may be sold as pets in this State. A carnivore kept by an individual must not be allowed to run at large and then returned to confinement. A normally wild animal indigenous to this State, if held captive for a period of time, may be released to the wild. This section does not apply to domesticated ferrets. However, no ferret may be sold in this State without proper and current vaccination against rabies. Evidence of rabies vaccination is a certificate signed by a licensed veterinarian. A person who purchases or possesses a domesticated ferret shall maintain proper vaccination treatment for it annually.

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